Hours and Directions

COVID-19 Reminder

Update 6/24/20: Phase 2 of reopening in North Carolina has been extended through July 17. We will continue our current schedule until the directive changes. We are open on Mondays (except 5th Monday) for access to our bookstore and for individual meditation, with maximum capacity of 5 visitors, and specific social distancing and personal protection requirements. Our online and pre-recorded activities will continue on the same schedule. We are also available by appointment for specific individual needs. Visit our News, Classes, and Links pages for more information, and sign up for periodic e-mail updates.

Hours

The Meditation Center follows this general schedule. Please keep in mind that the schedule is subject to change, depending on specific monthly activities. Check our calendar regularly, and join our mailing list to keep abreast of our current class schedule.

The Center opens approximately one hour before classes begin.

Monday
Open Meditation 12:00 to 5:00 pm (except 5th Monday*)
Tuesday
Healing Meditation 7:00 to 7:30 pm (except 5th Tuesday*)
During COVID-19 restrictions, we are hosting this class as an at-home activity. Visit our Meditations page for meditation ideas.
Wednesday
Vipassana with Mana 10:00 to 11:30 am (except 5th Wednesday*)
Third Wednesday of each month: Free Meditation Class (age 50 and over)
1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Jackson County Senior Center
Thursday – Friday
Special classes as scheduled, otherwise closed.
Saturday
Saturday Discussion and Meditation 10:00 am to 12:00 noon (except 5th Saturday*)
During COVID-19 restrictions, this class is hosted on Zoom at 11:00 am. Please visit our Classes page for details.
Sunday
Third Sunday of each month: Metaphysical Lecture 11:00 am to 12:00 noon (meditation and spiritual healing begins at 10:30 am)
During COVID-19 restrictions, we are providing recordings of our lectures on the third Sunday of each month. Visit our News page for updates.
Other Sundays: Special classes as scheduled, otherwise closed.

*The Meditation Center is closed on the 29th, 30th and 31st of each month (5th Monday, etc.) unless otherwise announced.

Weather-related closures: As a general rule, The Meditation Center follows the Jackson County Public Schools (Smoky Mountain District) for weather-related closures, however, there may be exceptions. Unplanned closures are posted on this website, on Facebook and by email.

Directions

Road Construction Alert: The Scotts Creek bridge on Business US 23 between Dillsboro and Sylva (Haywood Road) will be closed for approximately 9 months beginning July 7, 2020. If you travel on this road, please see alternate directions below.

Location of road closure

Click on the map to get directions from your location:

We are located at 894 E. Main Street (NC 107) in Sylva, NC about 910 of a mile south of Asheville Hwy, across from Auto Zone.

Westbound from Waynesville, Canton and Asheville:
  • Take I-40/US 74 West from Asheville.
  • At exit 27, take US 74 West (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) toward Clyde/Waynesville.
  • Continue on US 74 West/US 23 South about 17 miles.
  • Take Exit 85 (Business US 23 to NC 107) toward E. Sylva/Western Carolina University.
  • Continue about a mile on Business US 23 (Asheville Hwy.) to the end of the road.
  • Turn left on East Main Street (NC 107) and continue 910 of a mile to The Meditation Center on the right.
Northbound from Franklin and Georgia:

Temporary directions due to closure of Business US 23 between Dillsboro and Sylva beginning July 7, 2020.

  • Take US 23/441 North into Jackson County.
  • When you arrive in Dillsboro, turn right at the traffic light onto Business US 23.
  • Continue through the towns of Dillsboro and Sylva (Haywood Rd./ West Main St.).
  • At Asheville Hwy., Main Street continues onto NC 107 (Bogart’s restaurant on left).
  • Continue 910 mile on NC 107 to The Meditation Center on the right.

Recommended Route:

  • Take US 23/441 North into Jackson County.
  • Turn right onto NC 116 (Webster Road).
  • Follow NC 116 (left turn) over the Tuckaseigee River and through Webster.
  • At the end of NC 116, turn left onto NC 107.
  • Follow NC 107 north past Walmart Plaza. As you come down the hill, the road will curve to the left and you will see Auto Zone on the right. The Meditation Center is on the left, across from Auto Zone.

Alternate Route:

  • From US 23/441 North, continue past Dillsboro. Follow the right lane onto US 74 East/US 23 North (Great Smoky Mountain Expressway) toward Waynesville and Asheville.
  • Take Exit 83 – Sylva.
  • At the second light, turn left on West Main Street (Business US 23 North), and continue west through downtown Sylva.
  • At Asheville Hwy., East Main Street continues onto NC 107 (Bogart’s restaurant on left).
  • Continue 910 mile on NC 107 to The Meditation Center on the right.
Northbound from Webster, Cullowhee, Glenville, or Cashiers:

Follow NC 107 north past Walmart Plaza in Sylva. As you come down the hill, the road will curve to the left, and you will see Auto Zone on the right. The Meditation Center is on the left, across from Auto Zone.

Southbound from Whittier, Cherokee and Gatlinburg:

Temporary directions due to closure of Business US 23 between Dillsboro and Sylva beginning July 7, 2020.

  • Follow US 441 South/74 East to Dillsboro.
  • Take Exit 81A toward Dillsboro/Franklin/Atlanta.
  • At the bottom of the hill, turn left at the traffic light onto Business US 23 North.
  • Continue through the towns of Dillsboro and Sylva (Haywood Rd./West Main St.).
  • At Asheville Hwy., East Main Street continues onto NC 107 (Bogart’s restaurant on left).
  • Continue 910 mile on NC 107 to The Meditation Center on the right.

Recommended Route:

  • From US 441 South/74 East, continue on the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway (US 74 East/23 North) past Dillsboro.
  • Take Exit 83 – Sylva.
  • At the second light, turn left on West Main Street (Business US 23 North), and continue west through downtown Sylva.
  • At Asheville Hwy., East Main Street continues onto NC 107 (Bogart’s restaurant on left).
  • Continue 910 mile on NC 107 to The Meditation Center on the right.
Eastbound from Bryson City and Andrews:

Follow US 74 East toward Dillsboro. Continue with directions from Cherokee above. (Please note modified directions due to road construction beginning July 7, 2020.)

From Maggie Valley:

Take US 19 North to US 276 South and follow directions from Waynesville above, or take US 19 South to US 441 South and follow directions from Cherokee above. (Please note modified directions due to road construction beginning July 7, 2020.)

From Highlands:

Take US 64 West to US 23/441 North and follow directions from Franklin above, or take US 64 East to NC 107 North and follow directions from Cashiers above.

Distance from:MilesMinutes
Andrews, NC5160
Asheville, NC4855
Bryson City, NC2025
Canton, NC2835
Cashiers, NC2640
Cherokee, NC1725
Cullowhee, NC510
Dillard, GA3645
Dillsboro, NC39
Franklin, NC2030
Gatlinburg, TN5390
Glenville, NC2130
Highlands, NC3655
Maggie Valley, NC via Cherokee3245
Maggie Valley, NC via Waynesville2635
Pickens, SC6594
Waynesville, NC1825
Webster, NC25
Whittier, NC1420